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  WTA Sep 27-Oct 5: Beijing                     entries: Osaka-Linz-Tianjin - Moscow-Luxembourg - Singapore WTA Finals   • Top 20 Sept 29   • 2014 WTA Sched

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n1 Serena Williams USA
n2 Simona Halep ROU
n3 Petra Kvitova CZE
n4 Maria Sharapova RUS
n6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n7 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n8 Angelique Kerber GER
n9 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n10 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n11 Jelena Jankovic SRB
 
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    On Wednesday at Beijing, in the 3rd round of the China Open, the 2014 champion at Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart, 27 year old 4th seeded #4 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 Oeiras champ, 26 year old #19 (career-high: #14) Carla Suarez Navarro from Barcelona, Spain, 6-1, 7-6(3) (photo shown).

    Maria said: "I started off the match really well, which is something I didn't do when I lost to [Carla] in Montreal She was the more aggressive then and today from the beginning I led her to make a few more mistakes than she wanted to. Towards the middle of the second set I became more passive. It's something that I think gave her the chance to move in a little bit more, to approach and come in, start hitting the ball a bit deeper. That made it a little trickier. But overall I thought I did a good job of coming back in the tie-breaker." WTA story

    In the quarterfinals on Friday, Maria will play the winner of Thursday's match between the 2013 Linz champion, 26 year old 7th seeded #8 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, and the 2009 French Open and 2004 US Open champion, 29 year old #25 (career high: #2) Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco).

    Also on Wednesday at Beijing, in a 2nd round match, the 2014 Wimbledon and New Haven champion, 24 year old 3rd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2014 Shenzhen finalist, 28 year old #23 (career high: #14) Shuai Peng from Tianjin, China, 6-4, 6-2 (photo shown).

    Petra said: "Some players haven't really gotten used to left-handers' serves, so I think that's my advantage. Normally from the beginning of the match they try and get used to it, and they get better as it goes on, but my serve was great the whole match today, and I'm just glad for that." WTA story

    In the 3rd round on Thursday, Petra will play the 2014 champion at Dubai, 34 year old 16th seeded #18 (and former #1) Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

    Petra leads 4-1 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was earlier this year on a chlorophyll court in the 3rd round at Wimbledon, when Petra defeated Venus 5-7, 7-6(2), 7-5.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Beijing tourney page holds 18 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 9 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

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WTA SCOREBOARD: Beijing

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Beijing, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 12:30pm
losers' prize: $25,100 US; points: 65
The 4 Wuhan semifinalists receive 1st round byes
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n50 q Tsvetana Pironkova BLR 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n168 wc Lin Zhu CHN 7-5, 6-4 Tue
[BYE] n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n23 Shuai Peng CHN 6-4, 6-2 Wed
n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d [BYE] n34 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-2, 6-2 Tue
*n45 Roberta Vinci ITA d n6 s5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*n20 Samantha Stosur AUS d [BYE] n7 s6 C Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 7-6(9) Wed
n8 s7 Angelique Kerber GER d n40 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-3, 6-1 Tue
*n26 Sabine Lisicki GER d [BYE] n9 s8 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n152 sr40 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-4, 6-2 Tue
n14 s12 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n72 LL Polona Hercog SLO 7-5, 6-0 Tue
n15 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n55 q Mona Barthel GER 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n16 s14 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 Tue
n17 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER d n29 Madison Keys USA 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n18 s16 Venus Williams USA d n49 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n21 Alize Cornet FRA d n53 Lauren Davis USA 6-2, 6-1 Wed
n25 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n36 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 6-1 Tue
Beijing, 3rd Rd, Wed-Thu 12:30pm
losers' prize: $51,850 US; points: 120
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n15 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 Thu
n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n17 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(1) Thu
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n18 s16 Venus Williams USA walkover—illness Thu
n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-1, 7-6(3) Wed
*n25 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n8 s7 Angelique Kerber GER 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 Thu
n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n26 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 7-5 Thu
*n45 Roberta Vinci ITA d n14 s12 Ekaterina Makarova RUS v 1-6, 3-0 Thu
n20 Samantha Stosur AUS d n21 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-2 Thu
Beijing, QFs, Fri 12:30pm
losers' prize: $107,750 US; points: 215
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA v n20 Samantha Stosur AUS
n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU v n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE v n45 Roberta Vinci ITA
n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS v n25 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS
Beijing, SFs, Sat 12:30pm
losers' prize: $224,260 US; points: 390
n1 S Williams OR n20 Stosur v n3 Kvitova OR n45 Vinci
n2 Halep OR n10 Ivanovic v n4 Sharapova OR n25 Kuznetsova
Beijing, Final, Sun 7:30pm
loser's prize: $459,633 US; points: 650
winner's prize: $918,000 US; points: 1000
Beijing, Doubles Final, Saturday
losers' prize: $155,910 US
winners' prize: $311,000 US

Beijing, Withdrawals
n5 Na Li CHN retirement due to knee injuries
n13 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n24 wc Victoria Azarenka BLR done for year, right foot injury
n28 Sloane Stephens USA
n255 sr15 Vera Zvonareva RUS

  WTA Oct 6-12: Linz, Osaka & Tianjin

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n11 J Jankovic, n24 S Peng

    The Linz, Osaka & Tianjin draws are not yet available as of this writing (qualifying draws are usually up on the Friday before the tourney begins, main draws on Saturday, sometimes later). The links are above for your convenience when the draws become available.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Linz, Osaka & Tianjin

   
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser         ranks are for the previous week
Linz, 1st Rd, Mon noon, Tue 11am, Wed 2pm
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n9 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n13 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n15 Lucie Safarova CZE
n17 Andrea Petkovic GER
n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n28 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE
n29 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n36 Caroline Garcia FRA
n40 Klara Koukalova CZE
n42 Camila Giorgi ITA
n43 Kirsten Flipkens BEL
n45 Kaia Kanepi EST
n48 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n51 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
n53 Jana Cepelova SVK
n54 Mona Barthel GER
n58 Karin Knapp ITA
n61 Annika Beck GER
n62 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU
n66 Stefanie Voegele SUI
n72 Anna Schmiedlova SVK
n79 Pauline Parmentier FRA
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loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
Linz, QFs, Fri 2pm
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Linz, SFs, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
Linz, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Linz, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Linz, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 6 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points

Linz, Withdrawals
n56 Elena Vesnina RUS
n63 Petra Cetkovska CZE
Osaka, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n21 Samantha Stosur AUS
n32 Madison Keys USA
n33 Elina Svitolina UKR
n37 Kurumi Nara JPN
n38 Coco Vandeweghe USA
n39 Zarina Diyas KAZ
n47 Heather Watson GBR
n52 Christina McHale USA
n55 Lauren Davis USA
n68 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS
n74 Shelby Rogers USA
n80 Jie Zheng CHN
n82 Lara Arruabarrena ESP
n91 Misaki Doi JPN
n96 Luksika Kumkhum THA
n101 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN
n113 Ana Konjuh CRO
n120 Jovana Jaksic SRB
n121 Yulia Putintseva KAZ
n129 Misa Eguchi JPN
n196 Sachia Vickery USA
n213 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA
n289 sr Tatjana Maria GER
Osaka, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
Osaka, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Osaka, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
Osaka, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Osaka, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Osaka, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 6 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points

Osaka, Withdrawals
n26 Casey Dellacqua AUS
n76 Alison van Uytvanck NED
n78 Julia Goerges GER
n128 Paula Ormaechea ARG
Tianjin, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n11 Jelena Jankovic SRB
n24 Shuai Peng CHN
n34 Belinda Bencic SUI
n35 Varvara Lepchenko USA
n49 Shuai Zhang CHN
n60 Alison Riske USA
n64 Monica Puig PUR
n65 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
n69 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO
n70 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP
n97 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS
n102 Sorana Cirstea ROU
n104 Danka Kovinic MNE
n108 Qiang Wang CHN
n109 Timea Babos HUN
n112 Saisai Zheng CHN
n139 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR
n142 Ying-Ying Duan CHN
n143 Magda Linette POL
n149 Romina Oprandi SUI
n156 Olga Govortsova BLR
n159 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE
n186 Anastasia Rodionova AUS
Tianjin, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
Tianjin, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
Tianjin, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
Tianjin, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
Tianjin, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US

Tianjin, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 6 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points

Tianjin, Withdrawals
n57 Daniela Hantuchova SVK
n67 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ
n93 Lesia Tsurenko UKR
n133 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN
n136 Johanna Konta GBR
n250 sr Vera Zvonareva RUS

  WTA Sep 21-27: Wuhan

Wuhan:

#7 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH
Wuhan:

#4 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

Wuhan Open, Wuhan, Hubei, CHN PREMIER 5 $2,440,070 56m/32q/28d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | photos: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA

    On Saturday in China, in the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, the 2014 Wimbledon and New Haven champion, 24 year old 3rd seeded #4 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2014 champ at Nuremberg (and Wimbledon finalist), 20 year old 6th seeded #7 (career high: #7) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-4 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward). Petra's prize is $441,000; Genie's prize is $220,200.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wuhan tourney page holds 18 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 14 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Sep 15-21: Tokyo, Seoul & Guangzhou

Tokyo:

#10 Ana Ivanovic
6' 1" 152lb RH 2H-BH
Seoul:

#36 Karolina Pliskova
6'1" 159lb RH 2H-BH

Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, JPN PREMIER 700 $710,000 28m/32q/16d outdoor: hard
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D | photos: T.com - ESPN - Y! | WTA

KIA Korea Open, Seoul, KOR INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d outdoor: hard Deco-Turf
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Guangzhou Open, CHN INTL $500,000 32m/24q/16d outdoor: hard Deco-Turf
Live Scores | draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP pics: WTA

    On Sunday at Tokyo, in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, the 2007 PPO finalist and 2014 champ at Birmingham, Auckland & Monterrey (and the 2008 French Open champion), 26 year old 3rd seeded #10 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI). defeated the 2010 Pan Pacific Open champion (and 2014 champ at Istanbul & US Open finalist), 24 year old 2nd seeded #9 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-2, 7-6(2) (Ana is shown holding the ceramicware after the match). Ana's prize is $196,670; Caroline's prize is $104,891.

    On Sunday at Seoul,, in the final of the Kia Korean Open, the 2013 Kuala Lumpur champion (and last week's finalist in Hong Kong), 22 year old 2nd seeded #36 (career high: #36) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, defeated 28 year old 5th seeded #43 (career high: #19) Varvara Lepchenko from Allentown, Pennsylvania (birthplace: Tashkent, Uzbekistan), 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-2 (Karolina is shown holding the vaseware after the match). Karolina's prize is $111,389 and a Kia automobile; Varvara's prize is $55,435.

    On Saturday in China, in the final of the Guangzhou Open, the 2013 champ at Florianopolis, 26 year old #60 (career high: #28) Monica Niculescu from Bucharest, Romania, defeated the 2014 champion at Katowice, 24 year old 2nd seeded #22 (career high: #11) Alizé Cornet from Nice, France, 6-4, 6-0. Monica's prize is $111,163; Alize's prize is $55,323.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Tokyo, Seoul & Guangzhou tourney page holds 34 choice photos from this week's tourneys, cropped and enhanced, and 30 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourneys.

  WTA Aug 25-Sept 7: US Open

Flushing Meadows:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Flushing Meadows:

#1 Serena Williams
6th US Open Title

US Open NYC Grand Slam $36,203,760 128 players | outdoor: hard Deco Turf
Live Scores - Draws: WS pdf - WTA - XD Women: Q - S - D Men: Q - S - D | pics

         On Sunday at Flushing Meadows, in the final of the 2014 US Open, the 2013, 2012, 2008, 2002 & 1999 tourney champion 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2009 US Open finalist, 24 year old 10th seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Serena's prize is $3,000,000, plus a $1,000,000 bonus for winning the summer hardcourt US Open Series, for a total of four million dollars. Caroline's prize is $1,450,000.

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 US Open tourney page holds 94 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 65 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA June 23-July 6: Wimbledon

Wimbledon:

#13 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH
Wimbledon:

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

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      On Saturday at London, England, in the final of The Championships at Wimbledon, the 2011 Wimbledon titleist, 24 year old 6th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated 20 year old 13th seeded #13 (career high: #13) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-0 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is £1,760,000 (about $3,016,209 US); Genie's prize is £880,000 (about $1,508,104 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 Wimbledon tourney page holds 111 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 33 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA: May 25-Jun 8   French Open

Roland Garros:

#4 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Roland Garros:

#8 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

Roland Garros, FRA Grand Slam Prize$: €11,420,000 128 players - outdoor: red clay
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      On Saturday at Roland Garros, in the final of the 2014 French Open, the the 2012 RG champ, 27 year old 7th seeded #8 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (res: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 champion at Doha, 22 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #5) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-4 (photos shown).

    Maria's prize is €1,650,000 ($2,244,983 US); Simona's prize is €825,000 ($1,122,491 US).

    The tennis.quickfound.net 2014 French Open tourney page holds 126 choice photos from this year's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 36 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.

  WTA Jan 13-25: Australian Open

Melbourne:

#21 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH
Melbourne:

#4 Na Li
5'7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH

Australian Open, Melbourne, AUS Grand Slam 128 players - outdoor: hard plexicushion
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pics: T.com - ESPN | Y!: news | WTA

      On Saturday at Melbourne, in the final of the 2014 Australian Open, the 2011 French Open champion (and 2013 & 2011 AO finalist), 31 year old 4th seeded #4 (career high: #3) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, won her 2nd Grand Slam title by defeating the 2013 champion at Stanford, 24 year old 20th seeded #21 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 7-6(3), 6-0 (photo shown).

    The tennis.quickfound.net Australian Open tourney page holds 144 choice photos from this week's tourney, cropped and enhanced, and 52 postmatch quotes, placed within the results for all rounds of the tourney.
 
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    In her first column, the San Diego Union's new Women's Sports Editor Maureen ("Little Mo") Connolly, retired as the world's greatest lady tennis star at a ripe old 21, showed that sports punditry is as easy for her as smashing a tennis ball down an opponents throat.
    Lamented Little Mo in great pontifical style: "[On] the American scene today ... we're reducing sports to a cluster of numbers on a board ... We ... are expecting our champions to be stadium automatons, the human equivalents of the balls in a super pinball machine ... We're watching for the numbers to light up and forgetting the play."

TIME articles:
    Maureen Connolly's 1st US Open & Wimbledon titles

Book Excerpt:
    The Courts of Babylon: Dawn of the Pro Tennis Tours
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WTA Top 20 Rankings 1989-2010

International Tennis Hall of Fame

Lawn Tennis 1873-1938

Pictorial History of Tennis 16-page .pdf

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club site still has some good Wimbledon history pages.

The USOpen.org History has stats and year-by-year finals descriptions since 1968 (but nothing about the Forest Hills and Newport Casino US Nationals before the "Open era").

  Free Online Tennis Books:

Lawn Tennis 1908 with a chapter by Blanche Bingley Hillyard
Lawn Tennis for Ladies 1910 by Dorothea K. D. Lambert Chambers
Tennis for Women 1916 by Molla Bjurstedt Mallory
Lawn Tennis for Girls 1920 by Suzanne Lenglen
Lawn Tennis 1886 by James Dwight
Game of Lawn Tennis 1888 by "Cavendish" of The Field

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    Apologies for the typographical errors on this page occasionally. These cut-and-paste errors result when faulty brain wiring impairs one person trying to keep up a large website. I try to keep errors to a minimum, but some always creep in.

  News Briefs:

    (September 20, 2014) Former WTA #1 Victoria Azarenka is will not play again in 2014 to allow time for a nagging foot injury to heal. The two-time Australian Open champion said: "Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season... I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season..." Victoria Azarenka at Facebook

    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."
    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

    (Jan 27, 2014) WTA Championships changes: "...It will expand into a 10-day sports entertainment event of competiton, exhibitions and activities for fans around the world. There will be seven days of competition this year as opposed to six [eight days beginning in 2015], the doubles will be expanded to eight teams, and there will be a WTA Rising Stars Exhibition and WTA Legends Exhibition during the opening Fan Festival weekend." WTA story

    (August 14, 2013) 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money. BBC story - WTA story

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore."

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame (see video in the player above). During her career Martina won 43 WTA singles titles, including 5 Grand Slam titles, and 37 WTA doubles titles, and had a 548-133 record in WTA singles matches.
    At the enshrinement ceremony on Saturday, Martina was inducted along with Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, Ion Tiriac, and Thelma Coyne Long. Martina said: "Thank you, tennis. You gave me the world, and now I honestly am out of words, because there are no words to explain what I feel. You chose to give me a place here for eternity." AP story

    (July 13, 2013) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova, who recently dismissed coach Thomas Hogstedt, has hired former ATP great Jimmy Connors as her coach. Jimmy had worked with Maria briefly prior to the 2008 Australian Open.

    (May 8, 2013) The year ending WTA Championships tournament, which this year is finishing a three-year stint at Istanbul, Turkey, will move to Singapore for the next five years, from 2014-2018. "The state-of-the-art $1.3 billion Singapore Sports Hub, located in the heart of the city, will host the WTA Championships at the 7500-seat, Singapore Indoor Stadium." WTA story

    (Nov 18, 2012) Former WTA doubles #1 Gisela Dulko has announced her retirement from professional tennis. Gisela, 27, has not played since June of this year due to injury.
    Gisela said: "...I now have other priorities on which I want to focus. As a result, I don’t have the same desire or ability to make the sacrifices which are necessary to live the life of a tennis professional."
    Gisela won 4 WTA singles titles in her career, and 17 WTA doubles titles including the 2011 Australian Open (partnered with her good friend Flavia Pennetta). She finishes with a 309-242 record in pro singles matches (305-182 in doubles) and $4,246,105 in career prize money. Gisela's announcement

    (Mar 31, 2012) The Brazilian tennis federation has announced that Brazil will host a WTA tournament beginning in 2013. The franchise they have been awarded was vacated by the Marbella, Spain, tourney, which followed Miami on the WTA calendar (the same week as Charleston). Brazil has not hosted a WTA event for the past 11 years. AP story

    (Dec 23, 2011) Sony Ericsson will terminate their sponsorship of the WTA Tour at the end of 2012. The mobile phone manufacturer has been the WTA's primary global sponsor since 2005 at a price of almost $14.7 million a year. A replacement sponsor has not yet been named. Sony Ericsson PR manager Graciela Pineda said: "This was a strategic decision based on the evolution of the business and the brand." The joint venture Sony Ericsson will also soon become Sony only: Ericsson announced in October it would sell its 50 percent of the company to Sony for $1.46 billion. ESPN story

    (Aug 31, 2011) Former WTA #1 Venus Williams has withdrawn from the US Open due to illness. In a statement, Venus, who has been troubled occasionally for years by illness which was sometimes labeled as anemia, said that she has Sjögren's Syndrome.

    (Jul 15, 2011) WTA #28 Alisa Kleybanova is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (a form of cancer) in Italy. Alisa said: "After I do treatment for a few more months, if I feel well, there's a chance I'll be able to play tennis again. I really miss playing..." Alisa has won two WTA singles titles, both last year, in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. Today is Alisa's 22nd birthday. Letter from Alisa via WTA - Hodgkin's Lymphoma

    (Mar 2, 2011) Former WTA #1 Serena Williams has been treated for a pulmonary embolism. Serena's spokesman, Nicole Chabot, told People Magazine "Monday Serena Williams underwent emergency treatment at Cedars [Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles] for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation... Last week, Serena suffered from a pulmonary embolism [a blood clot in the lungs] which was discovered upon her return to L.A. She had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot... Doctors are continuing to monitor her situation closely to avoid additional complications." People.com story

    (Jan 26, 2011) 7-time Grand Slam champion and former WTA #1 Justine Henin has retired. The elbow injury she incurred last year at Wimbledon is not healing, and she has been playing in pain. Doctors now tell Justine that the injury will not heal.

    28-year-old Justine Henin from Brussels, Belgium, previously retired on May 14, 2008, but returned to play in January, 2010. She has won 43 WTA singles titles, starting with Antwerp in 1999 and ending with 's-Hertogenbosch; in 2010, including the 2003, '05, '06, & '07 French Open, the 2003 & '07 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. She had a 525-115 record in singles matches. Justine won a career-total of $20,917,513 in prize money, and was ranked #1 in the world for 117 weeks.

    (Dec 12, 2010) Retired former WTA #1 Martina Hingis married French showjumper Thibault Hutin in a civil ceremony in Paris on Friday, December 10. The wedding was reported in the Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte; they will publish photos of the ceremony on Monday.

    Martina said: "Our wedding came as a surprise for many, but it has been in planning long in advance." Schweizer Illustrierte story (German) - English translation via Google - AFP story
   

Gisela Dulko in Hong Kong, Jan 10, 2009

    (Feb 9, 2010) 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic is featured in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
Ana in SI-SE

    (Jan 11, 2010) Former WTA #1 Maria Sharapova has signed a new endorsement contract with Nike which could pay her as much as $70 million over the next eight years.

    In 2007 Maria signed a racquet endorsement contract with Prince which will pay her around $25 million dollars over 10 years.

    Maria's previous deal with Prince, a five-year contract, was signed when she was 14 years old.
    As is often the case with endorsement contracts, the new deal includes a base pay, plus incentives for high rankings and tournament performance.

    Maria also has (or has had) endorsement contracts with Gatorade & Tropicana, Colgate - Palmolive, Motorola (expired in 2007), Parlux Fragrances, Canon, watchmaker TAG Heuer, Land Rover, Nike, and others, plus Japan-only deals with Honda & Pepsi, which make her the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning an estimated $23 to $25 million a year.

    (Feb 11, 2009) Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova, and Tatiana Golovin are all featured in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which is available online now.
  click for larger photo at SI-SE website

click for SI-SE Daniela
Daniela Hantuchova
click for SI-SE Tatiana
Tatiana Golovin
click for SI-SE Maria
Maria Kirilenko

click for 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Online
      (Feb 2006) 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is featured in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Click on the photo to see the SI Swimsuit pages online, including 22 pics of Maria looking very nice.

    (Jan 5, 2005) The WTA has made a 6-year deal with mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson to become the primary WTA Tour global sponsor. The price? $88 million.

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